St Helens meet Leigh Centurions at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday evening, and judging by the Saints form this season, their home doesn’t really have the appropriate name.
They sit eighth in the Super League table and were beaten by their opponents when they met earlier on in the season. However, Leigh have lost their last six games in all competitions – including defeat to Hull KR in the Challenge Cup last weekend – and have yet to win on their travels.
As a result, Saints are favourites. They have shown they can put on a good performance at times this season, and their caretaker coaching team will look for a strong response following their defeat at Widnes last week.
The home side are 1/4 while Leigh are available at 4/1. Many of the bookies are giving the Centurions a +12 start on the handicap. William Hill are offering pretty long odds on Leigh to win with that start at 11/10.
Three of Saints four wins this season have been within six points, and their average margin of victory overall is under nine points. Leigh’s average defeat is just over 12 points, so that handicap bet with William Hill could be worth a punt.
However, if there was one side you’d probably want to avoid betting on this season it is Saints given they Jekyll & Hyde nature of their performances at times but that’s not really fun.
There is that expectation they will click into gear at some stage but they have yet to do so just yet.
As for the margin of victory, for Saints to record their fourth win within 1-5 points you can get 8/1 with BetVictor. 6-10 points seems to be more fancied at 11/2 but the safer punter will want to take 11/4 on a 1-10 points margin. 1-5 points at 8’s does represent good value, though.